The 2013-2014 Consolidated Data Report (pdf, 4.2mb) revealed decrease in the number of students dropping out of school. The dropout rate in 2013-2014 was 2.28%, down from the 2.45% reported for 2012-2013.

The annual dropout rate illustrates the number and percentage of students who drop out during one year’s time. Some of these students may return to school the following year and complete high school; others may drop out multiple times.

The full report containing state, district and charter school dropout counts and rates for 2013-2013 is available online at The four-year cohort graduation rate is considered a more comprehensive picture of this issue.

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of Local Education Agencies reported a decrease in the number of students dropping out of school for the 2013-2014 school year.

Hyde County Schools and Tyrell County Schools reported zero dropouts. This is first time zero counts were ever reported by schools in North Carolina.

LEAs reporting the lowest high school dropout rates were Hyde County, Tyrell County, Washington County, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City, Caswell County, Burke County, Macon County, Newton Conover City, Moore County, and Cherokee County. 

The largest 3-year decreases in high school dropout count were found in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Wake, Gaston, Forsyth and Pitt Counties.

North Carolina recorded 10,404 dropouts in grades 9-13 for the 2013-2014 school year, a decrease of 645 from the 11,049 total reported in 2012-2013.

Top Five Reasons NC Students Drop Out of School*

  1. Attendance
  2. Enrollment in a Community College
  3. Unknown
  4. Lack of engagement with school/peers
  5. Academic Problems

*The Safe and Healthy School Support Division in the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction compiles dropout data entered by schools and/or LEAs. The data are self-reported in PowerSchool by local school districts.